Ubisoft's squad-based shooter will not be released in South Korea because the story goes "way too far."
Citing a plotline that goes "way too far," South Korea's Media Rating Board has rejected approval of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2, according to American military newspaper Stars and Stripes. This (obviously) forced the game's Korean publisher to abandon its plans for a localization of the squad-based shooter.
While disappointing, it is unsurprising that Ghost Recon 2 would rile South Korean censors. Its near-future storyline is set in the year 2007 on the PlayStation 2 and 2011 on the Xbox, and features commando missions into a conflict-wracked North Korea. Mass warfare on the Korean peninsula is a touchy subject, since North Korea is still technically at war with South Korea. That nation's capital, Seoul, has an estimated 11,000 artillery pieces aimed at it by its northern neighbor, whose Stalinist dictator, Kim Jong Il, has said he could turn the city into a "sea of fire" any time he wanted.
It also won't be much of a shock that Ghost Recon 2 is not popular with the North Korean government either. A preview of the game at this year's E3 prompted one North Korean newspaper to write some choice words: "Through propaganda, entertainment and movies, [Americans] have shown everyone their hatred for us. This may be just a game to them now, but a war will not be a game for them later. In war, they will only face miserable defeat and gruesome deaths."
A representative at Ubisoft defended the game, stating "When we developed the story background, we aimed at staying away from key current or specific events while still having a reasonable setting for a conflict."
I knew something like this would of happened. N. Korea had problems with the game in general when it was announced. I remember this happened last E3.
I wonder if they banned the Team America movie as well, then?
You can't have a game like that without somewhere to put it, and I'm afraid Korea has made itself a perfect target over the years. It's rife with conflict, and a game isn't exactly the first thing to capitalize on that conflict. If they don't want military games set in their country, they should make an effort to be more boring.
This kind of thing happens to a lot of games, because of where they are based and what time era they're in.
People think because it's based on them, that they are looked at badly in today's culture. But really it's just like you said someone capitalizing on a conflict, that makes for a great story.
Playing Halo 2 and NFSU2
Im not suprized. A lot of countries ban games. Didn't Austrialla ban all the gta games a while back?
was command & conquer generals banned from places too? or wasn't that "realistic" enough to be touchy.
"Im not suprized. A lot of countries ban games. Didn't Austrialla ban all the gta games a while back?"
Close, they censored it. The Australian government refuses to acknowledge that adults play computer games too and thus they won't make an "R" rating classification for computer games. If the content of any game is too violent for the kiddies they'll rate it "X" and thus it's banned from being released in Australia forcing the publisher to "fix" the game for the Australian market. The game industry has been lobbying the government to bring in an R classification for awhile but to no avail as yet.
Hooray for being able to privately import though.
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And I know New Zealand banned Manhunter. Sidra can probably confirm some of these, being from that area. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Actually it was Postal 2 they banned..... recently, im not sure if Manhunt was banned.
I Think Ubisoft Should Start Shipping All Of Their Games With A "Patch It Yourself" Kit, Cuz You Just Know Something Will Be Very Wrong With The Final Product.